Kalam floods sweep away 8 hotels, over 300 houses

MINGORA: The worst floods and rains in living memory have destroyed over 300 houses and 8 hotels in Kalam ? Swat?s badly hit area, Geo News reported Saturday.

The collapse of connecting bridge to the Kalam valley and difficult terrain has left 8000 people stranded.

Pak Army continued its rescue and relief effort today besides shifting people to the safer places.

The inflow of floodwater into Swat river added devastating force to the water flow, eroding land on both sides which resulted in the demolition of 8 hotels located on both sides of the river besides destroying over 300 houses.

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?Flour to be sold at Rs20 in Ramazan?

Karachi

The Sindh government has announced to offer a ?Ramazan package? under which flour would be sold at Rs20 per kilogram (kg) at special st

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Mullen asks ISI to shift its focus ?strategically?

WASHINGTON: Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, has asked the Pakistani spy agency to ?strategically shift its focus? as an

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This year?s Ramazan to see 3 different rates of sugar

KARACHI: Sugar will be sold at three different rates to the people during this year?s holy month of Ramazan.

For the first time in the country?s history, government will supply sugar at two different rates while the third rate will be the one prevalent in open market at which people will have to buy sugar after failing to get it at the previous two rates. The third rate will be Rs70 a kilogram or more.

So this Ramazan will witness people struggling to get sugar at Rs55 after standing in long queues before the Utility Stores and in case of failure they will have to head toward ?Sasta Bazars?. The third and final option will be the open market where they will be sure to get the commodity but at highest rates.

This year?s sugar production was 1.2 million tones less than the country?s requirement. It was in this context that the government decided to import the commodity.

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Tax exemption announced for flood-hit KP areas

PESHAWAR: Provincial Information Minister, Mian Iftikhar Hussain on Saturday announced exemption of taxes for the flood-hit areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkwa and demanded of the federal government to declare the affected areas calamity-stricken.

Briefing mediamen about damage caused by floods in the province, Mian Iftikhar Hussain also announced to donate his current month?s salary for the help of people hit by devastating floods in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Similarly, he added, MPA Fazalullah of Shangla has announced a donation of Rs 100,000 for the same purpose.

Information Minister urged all the parliamentarians to announce donations and contributed in the relief fund set up by Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti.

He also stressed upon people to come forward and extend physical and financial help to their brethren who lost their houses and other belongings due to natural calamity.

Information Minister also appreciated the response and spirit of President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Riaz Arshad who announced to provide machinery for opening of Motorway to restore road link between Peshawar and rest of the country.

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LDA?s selective commercialisation policy

LAHORE

The Lahore Development Authority, which made tall claims to enforce its commercialization policy across the board, has failed to do the

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”High Flood” to hit Sindh on Aug 4

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a fresh advisory regarding flood in different rivers and water levels in various dams and barrages.

Director General Dr Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry said that as many as 980,000 cusec of flood water is passing from Chashma and the flood water at Taunsa would likely to remain 850,000 cusec and 950,000 during August 1st to 3rd.

At Mlthon Kot flood water of about 200,000 cusec would be added from Jhelum and Chenab rivers, whereas about 750,000 and 850,000 cusec would reach from Tunsa.

The flood water in Sindh at Guddu would start rising from 500,000 cusec to 600,000 cusec (High Flood) on August 4 and peak of (950,000 to 10,50,000 cusec) would (Exceptionally high Flood level) pass from Guddu sometime on August 6 and 7.

The flood water at Sukkur would also start rising to 500,000 to 600,000 cusec (High Flood level) on August 4 and would attain exceptionally High Flood level of 900,000 to 10,00,000 cusecs on August 7.

Inundation and riverine flooding in all low lying areas of Districts of Sukkur, Larkana, Nawabshah, Hyderabad, Nausheroferoze, and Ghotki is imminent.

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MQM asks Zardari to review UK visit

LONDON: MQM Chief Altaf Hussain has criticised the statements made by British PM David Cameron and advised President Asif Zardari to review his visit to UK keeping in mind the sentiments of the public.

MQM chief said that Pakistan has been alleged on an international level without reason. Cameron”s remarks regarding Pakistan”s role in war against terrorism are saddening, he added.

Pakistani security forces and civilians have given sacrifices in the war on terror yet the nation”s role was being questioned, Hussain said.

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?Navy launches Operantion Madad?

ISLAMABAD: On the direction of Chief of the Naval Staff Pakistan Navy has launched rescue operations (Operation Madad) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

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Gilani says UK should condemn HR abuses in held Kashmir

KASUR: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Saturday that UK should also condemn human right”s violation in occupied Kashmir by Indian forces.

He was replying to a question about the comment of the British PM David Cameron, against Pakistan.

Talking to media men after inaugurating PEL transformers factory at Soay Aasil, the prime minister said Pakistan had strong armed forces, a sovereign parliament, an independent judiciary and a vibrant media. Then how the people would let anybody harm the country.

Pakistan is a sovereign state and no one can dare cast an evil eye on it, PM Gilani said.

Cameron during a visit to New Delhi had alleged the existence of terrorists” network in Pakistan.

He said that it would be better to discuss international issues through diplomatic sources and added that the government of Pakistan would follow this policy.

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